CES Census 2017

The CES Census is a survey of Catholic schools in England and Wales.  It provides essential information on Catholic education from national to diocesan level, underpinning policy decisions at both local and national levels and enabling the CES to be proactive in promoting Catholic education.

As a result of the hard work of Census Representatives in the dioceses, together with that of the Census team at CES, the response rate in 2016 was 100%, meaning the data could be used with confidence.  The Bishops expect schools and colleges to complete the CES Census since only with a high response rate from the entire sector can we demonstrate the diversity and inclusiveness within it. This was the third consecutive year in which every Catholic school in England and Wales completed the Census.

The 2017 Census opens on 10th January 2017 in Wales and 19th January 2017 in England.

The Census website contains full details of support periods, together with online documentation and other information. Completed Census files must be uploaded using the file upload form on this website. The website URL is https://www.cesewcensus.org.uk.

The CES Census Digest 2016 is available to download below. Previous Census publications can be downloaded from the Census website.

A podcast explaining the Census and the current situation of Catholic Education can be found here.

The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP KC*HS, Chairman of the Catholic Education Service, spoke to the Catholic Voices Academy on The Future of Catholic Education on 22nd November 2012. His speech can be downloaded here.


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Census Digest


Census Digest


Census Digest

(Welsh text) 

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